July 6, 2010

Towards the bigger vision for Africa

The stochastic nature of political and social processes determines economic development of the world’s poorest continent, Africa! History plays a fundamental role in all these interactions! I was either unfortunate or fortunate not to have studied history, not because it was a very difficult subject for me since I was the best in my senior one when I last offered it! I will, however, always be appreciative to Professor Simba Kayunga, who taught me political education, then, at my senior three and four in which I excelled. There are some key elements that form the core requirements for a bigger […]
June 17, 2010

Data in measuring corruption and governance at country level

Delving into this area is often a nightmare because little has been done even by the national statistical offices in Africa. It is a bear truth that national statistical offices have the duty of collecting and safeguarding all the data in a given country, but even a simple survey shows that none of them currently manages corruption and governance data in Africa. You and I know the significance of these attributes of corruption and governance towards national development, so there is no way we can reason that they are missing in national data archives because of their little or no […]
June 15, 2010

Climate governance and the question of equity

The just concluded international conference on climate governance in Berlin, Germany, held on the 15th June, 2010, organized by Inwent and Transparent International attempted to discuss the key issues of knowledge & information access, equity and the economy in addressing climate change. However, the common denominator seemingly emerged as failure to define equity! Does equity in the context of climate governance mean being fair or vice versa? One school of thought defined equity as that which should focus on the sources of finance, the financial obligation and its distribution amongst countries. Regardless of their levels of development, countries should show […]
June 5, 2010

Measuring socio-economic impacts of HIV/AIDS & malaria

It seems straightforward, but a second-long pause reveals serious hitches especially when you intend to carry out this measurement in a developing country. Inwent (read as Invent), a Germany based, non-profit organisation with a major focus on Capacity Building with worldwide operations dedicated to human resource development, advanced training and dialogue delved into this important, but often ignored subject in Africa. Dr. Bernd Gutterer facilitated the three months online workshop and later the on-site discussion in Accra, Ghana with participation from representatives from different African countries. Impact measurement studies for health related indicators normally make the following assumptions. (i) That […]